Two Negroes Are Lynched Mobs in South Take Punishment in Their Own Hands

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Nebraska State Journal
Place of publication: Lincoln, NE
Date of publication: 4/6/1908

MOBILE, Ala., April 5. – Walter Clayton, a negro who was serving time at the stockade of the Hand Lumber company for manslaughter, late Saturday afternoon criminally assaulted Mrs. Joseph White, aged twenty years, and was lynched by a mob of seventy-five men outside the limits of May Minette last night.

The assault occured at the woman’s home, six miles below Loxley. Clayton entered the house, it is said, and choked Mrs. White into submission. The negro told the officers not to take him back to the scene of the crime as he committed it and it was not necessary to have him identified. Two officers hurried him to Bay Minnette, county seat of Baldwin county. As they approached the jail seventy-five men came from behind a fence and took charge of the negro, dragging him and the deputy seventy-five yards before it was discovered the men were handcuffed together. The deputy was then released and the negro carried away. The negro’s body has not yet been found.


“Two Negroes Are Lynched; Mobs in South Take Punishment in Their Own Hands.” The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, NE), April 6, 1908.